A Man for All Genres: Midday on Burt Lancaster

[NOTE: Here is the podcast of the show]

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in "From Here to Eternity" (Fred Zinnemann, 1953)

Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in “From Here to Eternity” (Fred Zinnemann, 1953)

From 1946 to 1991, Burt Lancaster (1913-1994) entertained us on screens both large and small, in films of almost genres (he’s listed as #19 on the AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Stars list). His was a dynamic presence, muscular in body and spirit, always forceful. Born in New York City, he first trained as a circus acrobat – which helps account for his lifelong athleticism – finally transitioning into acting after serving in the army during World War II. Nominated four times for an Oscar, he won Best Actor for Elmer Gantry in 1960. Some of his other notable films include The Killers, From Here to Eternity, Gunfight at the O.K. CorralSweet Smell of SuccessBirdman of AlcatrazAirport, and Atlantic City.

On Friday, November 1, Linda DeLibero – Director, Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University – and Christopher Llewellyn Reed – Chair of Film/Video at Stevenson University – will appear on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore’s NPR News Station, during the second hour, 1-2pm, to discuss Burt Lancaster’s life and career on the day before his 100th birthday. Join us if you can.

If you can’t listen locally, you can live-stream the podcast.

And you can always download the podcast afterwards, either via iTunes or the Midday page.

Enjoy the show!

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